Subversive game design for recursive learning
Author(s)Mitgutsch, Konstantin; Weise, Matthew J.
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How are players' expectations challenged through subverting common design patterns in digital games? The following paper outlines a game design experiment that combines state of the art learning research with game design. The goal of the game project is to explore how subversive design patterns can be created that force the players to rethink their expectations and interpretations. In the developed game Afterland various paradigm shifts subvert common gameplay patterns in order to encourage players to modify their anticipations. This is designed to provoke a corresponding paradigm shift in the players, forcing them to reassess certain expectations and to adopt new mental models, strategies, and goals other than those commonly found in games of this genre. The paper introduces recursive learning as a theoretical foundation for the game design process and offers constructive insight derived from this particular research-based game design project conducted at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab.
Proceedings of the 2011 DiGRA International Conference: Think Design Play
Digital Games Research Association
Mitgutsch, Konstantin, and Matthew Weise. "Subversive game design for recursive learning." 2011 DiGRA International Conference: Think Design Play (January 2011).
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